2019 School of Science Basic Course

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School of Science
Kanbara Hideki  Takayanagi Masaru  Mizumoto Shin-Ichiro 
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Course description and aims

In this omnibus lecture course, students learn what basics are required to understand the cutting-edge researches in Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, and Earth and Planetary Sciences.

Student learning outcomes

The target is to know how the advanced science has been developed.


Mathematics:number theory, zeta functions
Physics:Wave equation, Fourier analysis, electromagnetic wave, matter wave, nonlinear wave, gravitational wave
Chemistry:Chemist's career path
Earth and Planetary Sciences:None

Competencies that will be developed

Specialist skills Intercultural skills Communication skills Critical thinking skills Practical and/or problem-solving skills

Class flow

Mathematics:Usual style lecture
Chemistry:Lecture using PPT slides
Earth and Planetary Sciences:Lecture using PPT slides

Course schedule/Required learning

  Course schedule Required learning
Class 1 Chemistry: Current multidisciplinary chemistry Understand current chemistry not only for fundamental science but also for chemical and biological nanotechnology
Class 2 Chemistry: From discovery of sodium glutamate to business Understand the importance of basic chemistry in R&D
Class 3 Chemistry: Nanometer-sized Jigsaw puzzle Understand the importance of basic chemistry
Class 4 Chemistry: What I learned from research and development in the past 50 years Understand the development from mass spectrometry / DNA sequencer to single cell / tissue analysis
Class 5 Earth and Planetary Sciences: Habitability in the Solar System Understand characteristics and formation of Solar System bodies that possess atmospheres and oceans.
Class 6 Earth and Planetary Sciences: Overview of physics of exoplanets Understand celestial and fluid mechanics and the origin of diversity of exoplanetary systems
Class 7 Earth and Planetary Sciences: Stable isotope geochemistry Understand basics of stable isotope geochemistry and application to biogeochemical cycle
Class 8 Physics: Wave equation Explain the relationship between the coupled oscilator and the wave equation
Class 9 Physics: Properties of wave Solve the one dimensional wave equation with the fixed boundary condition
Class 10 Physics: Electromagnetic wave, waves in quantum mechanics Derive the wave equation from the Maxwell equation
Class 11 Physics: Waves in contemporary physics Give an example of nonlinear waves
Class 12 Mathematics: Prime numbers and the Riemann zeta function Acquire basic knowledge of integers
Class 13 Mathematics: Distribution of prime numbers Acquire basic knowledge of infinite series
Class 14 Mathematics: Various zeta functions in modern number theory Write reports on related topics


Mathematics:None required
Earth and Planetary Sciences:None

Reference books, course materials, etc.

Mathematics:Search for related topics on the internet is recommended.
Chemistry:Supplementary materials are given at the lecture.
Earth and Planetary Sciences:Supplementary materials are given at the lecture.

Assessment criteria and methods

Mathematics:To be evaluated by reports. The theme, quality of consideration, and clarity of description are the criteria.
Earth and Planetary Sciences:Reports

Related courses

  • LAS.M101 : Calculus I / Recitation
  • LAS.M105 : Calculus II
  • LAS.A101 : Earth and Space Sciences A
  • LAS.A102 : Earth and Space Sciences B

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